Good to chat with you the other day.I'm impressed with the research you have done on you're up coming book.For the sake of accuracy,a brief synopsis on AlouetteIII.R7524:*
1.Mike Borlace and I crash landed at Katonha(short distance from Mudzi)after losing hydraulic pressure,due to groundfire on 27/3/76.*
2.The aircraft that had engine failure,and crashed on the fuel drums at Grand Reef,was indeed crewed by Ian Harvey and Barry Thompson.
3.According to the book"A Pride of Eagles" Beef was killed on 1/9/76 at Matabi 2 (south east)and gives the a/c.No.R7524.This was a sad day for me,as Beef had just relieved me.It was only when we arrived back at New Sarum that we were informed that he had been killed.
4.The incident regarding Vic and Finch,the a/c.No.was R5276.
On a lighter note,we were on the fireforce callout at Grand Reef, and were airborne,when someone asked "where's the "K-car" the reply "he has just crashed on top of some fuel drums!"
I hope that this information can be of some help. It might sound trivial,Beaver,but I retired from the airforce as a W.O.II. not a M/Sgt.
If you need, advice/ help etc,.with your book, I will gladly be off assistance.
Cheers for now,keep well.Mike.
- Beaver Shaw
- Nairobi, Kenya
- I an ex member of both 7 and 8 Squadron's of the Rhodesian war spending most of my operational time on Seven Squadron as a K Car gunner. I was credited for shooting down a fixed wing aircraft from a K Car on the 9 August 1979. This blog is from articles for research on a book which I HAVE HANDED THIS MANUSCRIPT OVER TO MIMI CAWOOD WHO WILL BE HANDLING THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK OF WHICH THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE Contact her on email@example.com The latest news is that the Editing is now done and we can expect to start sales and deliveries by the end of April 2011
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